Food poisoning Singapore 

Spize owners wanted to relinquish River Valley business soon after fatal food poisoning incident

SINGAPORE – Spize’s owners had decided that they would end the business at the River Valley outlet soon after a fatal food poisoning incident last month (November). Mr Haresh Sabnani, co-founder of the restaurant that has four outlets across Singapore, told The Straits Times on Friday morning (Dec 7) that the company had decided to sell a part of their business. He spoke to ST before a press conference on Friday where the National Environment Agency (NEA) said it has terminated the operating licences of Spize restaurant in River Valley Roadwith immediate effect,…

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Singapore 

When Singaporeans cannot retire today, the fault lies squarely on the PAP

On Singapore’s public housing, here are somethings to note: (1) Singapore’s HDB public housing is provided to Singaporeans at the expense of their retirement i.e. Singaporeans’ CPF funds are being depleted to fund the PAP government’s HDB. (2) Since HDB resale prices are falling and individuals’ CPF have been used to pay for high HDB resale flat prices when they bought it, people will not have enough to retire, and they will not be able to monetise enough from their flats to retire. (3) HDB flats have always been meant…

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CDAC to offer all-round support for weaker students from disadvantaged families

SINGAPORE – Under-performing students from disadvantaged families will be given more holistic support by the Chinese Development Assistance Council (CDAC) from next year. The non-profit self-help group for the Chinese community will expand its student programme to help develop motivation, resilience and discipline in learning among weaker students. This will be done through extra mentoring and supervision from former school leaders, tutors and trainers. The organisation will also help create a more conducive learning environment at home for the students by providing tables and lamps where needed, along with additional…

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Property Singapore 

Lease Buyback Scheme extension: Details likely ready by early 2019

The details of the Lease Buyback Scheme’s (LBS) extension to all flats should be ready by early next year, Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong said yesterday. The announcement that the LBS would be extended to cover five-room and larger flats was made in August this year. Under the LBS, flat owners aged 65 and above who meet several other criteria can sell part of their flat’s lease to the Housing Board while retaining the length of lease based on the age of the youngest owner. The proceeds from such a sale…

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Singapore 

Debt Recovery in Singapore

Let’s say you lent money to a friend using an IOU. Or you provided a business service or goods to a client. And then your friend or your client refuses to pay you. What happens next? Generally, there are 3 parts to the debt recovery process: Getting to know your debtor Court judgement for the debt Enforcement of the judgment if the debtor still does not pay up Please do not treat the following as legal advice. It can only be a rough guide that gives you an overview of the options available.…

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Singapore 

Don’t get scammed while shopping online on Singles’ Day, Black Friday: Police, SingCERT

SINGAPORE – Those hoping to have an online shopping spree on Black Friday and Singles’ Day should be careful not to get scammed, the authorities have warned. In a statement on Saturday morning (Nov 10), the police said that scammers look to cheat victims eager to take advantage of big discounts. Singles’ Day, falling on Nov 11 (also known as 11.11), is a 24-hour multibillion-dollar sales event that popular online retailers like Taobao, Zalora, and Amazon typically take part in. Black Friday, originally a US shopping promotion, is on Nov…

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Singapore 

COI on SingHealth cyber attack: American expert calls for collective defence against cyber threats

SINGAPORE – Cyber criminals can find vulnerabilities and breach any organisation’s IT system given enough time, and current protection measures are insufficient. To counter this, the Government and industry players need to work together on collective systems that share information to continually learn and prepare defences, said former director of America’s National Security Agency (NSA) Keith Alexander on Monday (Nov 12). He was testifying before the Committee of Inquiry (COI) looking into the SingHealth cyber attack, in which hackers stole the personal data of 1.5 million patients and the outpatient prescription information…

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News 

Changes to Sentosa entry fees for cars and taxis

SINGAPORE – Cars and taxis going to Sentosa will pay the same entry fees on both weekdays and weekends, from Monday (Nov 12). Such vehicles will pay $2 during lunchtime (noon to 2pm) and from 5pm to 7am the next day – and $6 at other times – whether it is a weekday, weekend or public holiday. The move is to simplify island admission fees for guests entering in cars and taxis, said the Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) in a statement on Monday. It marks a decrease in fees for…

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Cheap tickets, multiple destinations make Lion Air favorite

With its cheap airfares, high frequency of flights and large number of destinations served, Lion Air has become the go-to airline for travelers in a hurry, despite the budget airline’s spotty safety record. And even after one of its aircraft plunged into the Java Sea on Monday, killing 189 people on board, travelers continue to stick with the budget carrier. Luthfinnisa Sony Putri, who now lives in Yogyakarta, said she would stick with her plan of booking a Lion Air flight for her Idul Fitri holiday trip to South Solok…

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Singapore 

Cosmetic Aesthetics Industry still suffers

SINGAPORE – Plastic surgeons interviewed by The Straits Times (ST) say that taking photographs before and after aesthetic procedures is a “standard practice” and an essential part of medical documentation. According the the surgeons, it is best the patients be unclad if the area to be operated on is located near the private parts, as the adjacent areas may be affected by the procedure. The comments follow the recent settlement reached for a lawsuit filed by a teenager against well-known plastic surgeon Martin Huang. She sued him for the emotional…

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